PRP Platelet Rich Plasma for Traction Alopecia in African American Patients
Traction Alopecia in African American Female patients is becoming an epidemic because of damaging hairstyling habits including wigs, weaves, braids, locs, hair extensions or other attached hair options that are secured to or styling regimens that constantly pull on the hair. Traction alopecia often leads to embarrassment and the continuation of poor styling choices to cover and camouflage the damaged areas of hair loss. The good news is that treatments are available to protect the hair and restore hair growth in the vast majority of cases.
What is Traction Alopecia?
Excessive and continuous traction or tension on the hair fibers inevitably put traction or tension on the hair follicles which are the organs responsible for hair growth under the skin. Over time, this continuous pulling on the hair and hair follicle causes the hair fiber to release prematurely again and again, and this damages the hair follicle causing the follicle to produce a weaker and weaker, shorter and shorter hair over time until hair production ceases completely.
Is Traction Alopecia Temporary or Permanent?
If the behavior or habits causing the Traction Alopecia are ceased early enough, normal hair growth may resume. However, sadly, most patients seeking treatment have done significant damage to the follicles, which prevent healthy hair growth without medical treatments.
The good news is that in many cases the follicles can be rejuvenated using non-invasive medical treatments, like PRP or Platelet Rich Plasma, if the follicles have not been permanently damaged or scarred from the Traction Alopecia condition. Once a follicle is completely damaged, good quality hair growth is impossible and FUE hair transplantation is recommended. In this particular case at Bauman Medical, Yanique’s hair growth was restored by Dr. Alan Bauman using his special proprietary BaumanPRP protocol developed over thousands of treatments in thousands of patients and many years of research. Yanique is seen here BEFORE and four months AFTER her BaumanPRP treatment.
Will Bauman-PRP Work to Regrow Hair Lost Due to Traction Alopecia in African Americans?
In many cases, PRP Platelet Rich Plasma is an excellent non-chemical, non-drug, non-surgical option for hair regrowth. A complete evaluation by an ABHRS-certified Hair Restoration Physician like Dr. Alan Bauman is needed in order to confirm the diagnosis (there are many causes of hair loss), determine if the follicles are ‘dead and gone’ or beyond repair, as well as develop and long-term plan of action which reduces or eliminates self-inflicted hairstyling damage to the hair follicles. Not all PRP is created equal. The Bauman-PRP protocol has been researched, refined and tested by Dr. Alan Bauman over nearly 10 years and in thousands of patients. Request a consultation to see if Bauman-PRP is for you.
What if the Follicles Are “Too Damaged” for PRP treatments?
In some cases, FUE hair transplantation is needed to permanently restore hair growth to an area damaged by Traction Alopecia. To determine what course of action will help restore your hair to it’s natural appearance, it is important to have a comprehensive one-on-one consultation with Dr. Alan Bauman, MD, ABHRS, FISHRS.
If you or someone you know has hair loss, hair thinning, baldness, or eyebrow / eyelash concerns, click to start either a long-distance virtual consultation OR an in-person, in-office consultation with Dr. Bauman. You can also Ask Dr. Bauman a Question or simply call Bauman Medical Group toll-free 844-GET-HAIR or +1-561-394-0024.
*Each individual's treatment and/or results may vary